5 Essential Makeup Tips For Every Redhead


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Can I just say how insanely jealous I am of natural redheads? It is just SO gorgeous. I've always loved red hair, and ever since Brave came out, I've dreamed of being a fiery redhead with MASSIVE curls. And also with a Scottish accent. Because why not go all in, ya know?

Anyway, one of my main homies, Emilie, has STUNNING red hair, so I bamboozled her into being my makeup model for a few hours. She doesn't wear a lot of makeup and doesn't get too adventurous with her makeup because she doesn't want anything to clash with your hair, so it got me thinking. I have SO much fun doing makeup on redheads because of their hair color, and I don't think that your hair color should limit what you use makeup-wise. If you have red hair, definitely read on for my essential redhead makeup tips (my favorite products for redheads will be coming up soon, too!).
  1.  Green eyeshadow is going to look GREAT on you. Green and red are complementary colors, which means they look good together. I love using olive green eyeshadows on redheads. On Emilie, I used MAC's Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow, which is the perfect, wearable green eyeshadow.
  2. You CAN wear red lipstick, but you do need to find the right shade of red so it doesn't clash with your hair color. I love a deep burgundy-brick red lipstick on a redhead. I also think that coral lipsticks look amazing on redheads, too.
  3. You can also wear pink lipstick! Pink lipstick can be really unexpected and awesome on redheads, so if you're feeling feisty: DO IT. One of my favorite redheads, Emma Stone, has rocked an awesome pink lipstick before and it looks amazing on her. If she can do it, then so can you!
  4. Red hair can really enhance the pink undertones in your skin, so if you have pinky undertones, use a yellow-based tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone. 
  5. Have fun with it! Experiment and figure out what works best for your hair and skintone. Red hair can vary greatly, from strawberry blondes to auburn-hued, so different things will work for different kinds of redheads. And you won't know what works for you until you've tried it. Remember: makeup is supposed to be fun, so have fun, make some mistakes, and, ultimately, learn from your mistakes. 
So now I gotta know from my redheaded beauties: what are some of your favorite redhead makeup tips? Any colors you absolutely stay away from, and any colors you consider essential for you? Let me hear it!

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Do You Get Treated Differently With No Makeup On?


I'm going to be totally real here: I rarely leave the house without any makeup on. My bare minimum is at least some concealer on my face and my brows filled in. I have acne and my skin is always blotchy, so I try to not look like a sickly person on a regular basis. However, there are some days where I just don't give a damn and will run to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for a snack or coffee without a stitch of makeup on and you guys- people are NOT as nice. That sounds so vain on my part, but I've noticed when I'm not exactly at my most presentable, people do not go out of their way to be friendly to me. And when I'm looking my best, people are extra nice to me. WHY?!

So I did a lil' experiment. I went to the Starbucks drive-thru without a stitch of makeup on, and the guy at the window wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy towards me. I made sure I was extra friendly and tipped extra well. I mean, hey, we all have our bad days, and my barista could have been having a rough morning. After getting my drink, I went home, threw some makeup on, and went back to the same Starbucks drive-thru and ordered another drink. And lo and behold, the same barista was at the window, and he was- dare I say- flirtatious with me! A very charming barista indeed, and apparently all it took was a winged liner and bold lip to make him feel warmer towards me.

Now, that's not to say that people are extra mean to me whenever I don't have makeup on. That's not true, either! It's just sometimes I've noticed that people don't treat me as well when I'm looking terrible. But maybe I'm just thinking too much into it. And this is all very much a generalization of people's reaction towards me. But I do believe that a lot of people are superficial and subconsciously treat good looking people better than average looking people. What do you think? Do you get treated differently with no makeup on?

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 35


Happy Sunday! This week has been extremely chaotic, to say the least. I've got a bunch of really incredible projects in the works that I am sooo excited and proud about, and I can't wait to unveil the finished project in the future with you. But because there's been so much going on this week, this edition of Weekend Wrap Up will be missing "The List" of my favorite blog reads from the week because I truly have not been able to catch up on my blog reading. But that just means next week's "The List" will be bigger and better! Hurray! Anyway, here's what you missed this week.

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// Jamming Out //

I hate to admit this, but I've recently become obsessed with Sia and her song Chandelier. Le sigh.


12 Pink Lipsticks You Need NOW


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Happy Friday! Today I am teaming up with my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida boo boos and writing a post with the theme of PINK in mind. As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am sure we all have different opinion on the whole "pink washing of October" and blah blah blah, but let's just cast our opinions to the side for a day and focus on what this post is really about: my favorite pink lipsticks EVER. Ever ever ever. I've broken it down into two parts: the more wearable pinks, and then the BRIGHT and BOLD pinks. Aw, yeah. Here we go!
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  1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked- The perfect, everyday nude pink. I wear this every day!
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Memento- The perfect peachy-nude color. I use this on brides a lot!
  3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend- This is more of a mauve/pink, and is another great color that brides request regularly.
  4. MAC Lipstick in Please Me- A plummy pink, this is a great everyday color.
  5. YSL Glossy Stain #15- A new obsession of mine. Can be made sheer or built up to full opacity, and will last on your lips all. day. long. No joke!
  6. MAC Lipstick in Chatterbox- My first MAC lipstick EVER, and is such a great bold pink for every day.
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  1. OCC Stained Gloss in New Wave- I looove this lip gloss. Even after the gloss wears off, there is still a gorgeous stain left behind in this stunning bright pink.
  2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #16- This is an amazing blue-based pink that will make your teeth appear whiter. I'm actually wearing this color in my "official" headshot in all of my social media profiles. Also comes with a clear gloss.
  3. MAC Lipstick in Impassioned- Such a fantastic watermelon-y bright pink. This is a staple in my spring makeup!
  4. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Corvina- This is the color I'm wearing in the header photo. Talk about bright! Such a fun color to wear.
  5. Nudus Lipstick in Survivor- The newest addition to my pink lipstick collection, this is an amazing green beauty and non-toxic lipstick in the perfect blue-based pink. A non-toxic dupe for the Make Up For Ever lipstick, that's for sure!
  6. Milani Lipstick in Flamingo Pose- I'll admit- I don't have a lot of drugstore lipsticks in my collection. But Milani never fails to impress, and this lipstick is no exception. Such a powerful bright pink for a drugstore brand! 
Check out what my girls over at the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida did for the pink theme today!

Now that I've shared with you all twelve of my all-time favorite pinks, it's your turn. What are your favorite pink lipsticks?

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How To Depot Your Lipsticks


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I'll admit it: I'm a lipstick hoarder. I don't exactly remember the moment where I realized that I prefer to emphasize my lips over my eyes, but I do know that was the moment my lipstick collection surpassed my eyeshadow collection two to one. I always justified my expensive lipstick habit by saying I'm a makeup artist and I need the lipstick for my kit, but let's be real: it's alllll for me. All joking aside, I have my personal stash of lipsticks, and then my lipsticks specifically for my kit. For my kit lipsticks, it just got to be too messy and confusing to have a bunch of loose lipsticks laying around in my Zuca bag, so I decided it was time to condense and consolidate my kit lipsticks. This is also super helpful if you have a ton of lipsticks and want to be a bit better organized. So here is what you need:

AILA Cosmetics Nail Polish Review and Swatches


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AILA Cosmetics is a recently launched nail polish line exclusively at BeauTeaBar.com, and you guys... They are GREAT. These polishes are 5-free, which means they are free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBT, and camphor. More recently, they launched their "Better Than Gel" top coat which is a gel-like top coat without the toxic chemicals in most gel polishes and doesn't require a UV light to set. And thank the looooord for this top coat, because I don't want to get wrinkly hands just for being vain!

When I went to buy some AILA polishes, I noticed that I couldn't find any swatches of them online! As a consumer, I always like looking at swatches online before buying so I can see my beauty purchase will be worth it or not. Since I couldn't find any swatches, I basically purchased blindly, but it totally worked out. I'm in love with my polishes! But as a courtesy to consumers everywhere (how many times can I say "consumer" in one paragraph?), I figured I would swatch and review the four shades I purchased from BeauTeaBar, and review the Better Than Gel top coat.
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  • Ms. Martin is a pale peach-pink that can be applied super sheer (one coat), a sheerish-opaque (two coats), or semi-opaque (three coats). I prefer three coats, personally. This color is gorgeous! It's the perfect everyday nude.
  • My 2 Jeffs is a deep and rich navy blue with a purple metallic twist in it, and is one of the new fall shades from AILA. Okay, you guys. This is my go-to color at the moment. It's always on my nails! It's sooo gorgeous, and in two coats you have the perfect, opaque fall manicure.
  • Mister Pookies is a steel gray with purple undertones. This is another great fall shade, and is perfectly opaque in two coats.
  • Ginger is a vibrant pink-coral that is incredibly bright! It is perfectly opaque in two coats, and is the quintessential summer manicure color. Although I'll totally be rocking this year-round.
  • Better Than Gel Top Coat (not pictured)- This stuff is MAGICAL. I've been testing it out the past couple of weeks, and this top coat makes my manicure last for a full week. Insane! I should note it is NOT a fast-drying top coat, so you will need to be cautious after painting your nails with it for the first hour or two after application. But other than that, it's perfection in a bottle. And it makes my nails super glossy!
AILA polishes retail for $17.00 each and are available at BeauTeaBar.com. Have you tried anything from AILA yet?

Nothing to disclose. Products mentioned purchased by me.

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 34


Happy Sunday, ya'll! The weather is changing here in Florida which can only mean: ALLERGY SEASON. While I do welcome the amazing weather that comes with fall, I do detest the allergies that come along with it. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stay home all day to wallow in self-pity! Quite the opposite, actually- I made my way to Disney World to hit up the Food and Wine Festival to eat and drink myself to a better "me". So while I'm in a perennial state of sneezing and self-medicating, here's what you've missed on the blogosphere!

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • Did you miss out on ordering the LORAC Mega Pro Palette? Have no fear, enter this giveaway for a chance to win it! (Daydreaming Beauty)
  • Check out this gorgeous makeup look with Eugenia's must-have eyeshadow palette! (Geniabeme)
  • This DIY Pumpkin Face Mask for acne-prone skin looks AWESOME. (Slashed Beauty)
  • This is the perfect bridal makeup look! (The Beauty Milk)
  • This manicure is really giving me life right now. (Love, Varnish)
  • Oh, and here's another awesome manicure. I wish I was actually good at nails! (A Little Polish)

// Jamming Out //

This week's jam isn't new by any means, but it's new to my earholes and I've got this song on REPEAT. It's just so goooood. "Animal" by Miike Snow. Get on it!


NovaWhite Teeth Whitening System Review


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NovaWhite GO Kit
I've never quite felt the need to get my teeth whitened in my 22 years of existence because I've always had relatively white teeth. Once I entered college, I began drinking lots of coffees and teas, and more recently, lots of red wine. Basically anything that can stain your teeth found its way to my teeth. I had been wanting to get my teeth whitened professionally, until my dentist told me it was $500 to do it in-office. NO THANKS! Needless to say, I was thrilled when NovaWhite reached out to me to see if I wanted to try their teeth whitening system. Yes, please!
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NovaWhite SuperNova Kit
NovaWhite’s SuperNova and NovaWhite Go Kits come complete with all whitening necessities; generic or customized whitening trays, whitening gel solution, lip balm, breath spray, washcloth, and travel bag. Go Kits retail for $54.00 and SuperNova Kits retail for $180.00. All items are available for purchase at NovaWhite.com.

I received the NovaWhite GO Kit, which includes two boil-and-bite trays and three syringes of the whitening gel (seen in the header photo). The boil-and-bite trays are pretty cool, and perhaps I'm just easy to please, but I'm impressed that this technology (would this be considered technology? I don't know!) is easily accessible through NovaWhite. Basically, you boil a pot of water and dip the tray in for five seconds. When you take the tray out of the water, you insert it in your mouth and make an impression of your teeth (be sure to not burn yourself with boiling water!). It's really cool and makes the teeth whitening process a breeze. To actually whiten your teeth, you apply a small amount of the gel into the tray (here's how they show you do it) and insert the trays in your mouth for 1-3 hours. And that's it! It really is that simple.

I had a fairly good experience with the NovaWhite system, especially considering I had never done anything of the sort before. For about the first week, I did experience some sensitivity and didn't notice any improvement in the whiteness of my teeth. I left the trays in my mouth for an hour, so I decided to increase the amount of time the trays spent in my mouth. After leaving the trays in my mouth for two hours, I began noticing significant improvement in the whiteness of my teeth. The whitening gel has a slight minty taste to it, which was definitely pleasant. Oh, and pro tip: try not to sneeze with the trays in your mouth, because it kiiiinda becomes a mess. Trust me on that one.
Slight difference in whiteness, but definitely noticeable!
Even my mom has made remarks about how my smile is noticeably whiter. That's always a good sign! And she didn't even know I was trialing a teeth whitening system. Win! So overall, I am very pleased with NovaWhite and for the price of $54, you just can't beat it.

And because the people over at NovaWhite are so extremely awesome, you can try this system out for 15% off! Use code brikasia15 to receive 15% off your NovaWhite order! What have been your experiences with teeth whitening?

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My Skincare Routine


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I don't remember who they were interviewing, but I remember reading an Into the Gloss interview with some famous person who was very adamant about not washing your face- just splash some water on your face and you're good, is what I recall them saying. Uh, homie no. I ~guess~ that works if you have naturally great skin, but if you have a smorgasbord of skin problems... Homie no. That being said, I don't think I've ever fully covered my full skincare routine on here, so I figured, why not? I'm always raving on like a lunatic about natural skincare, so why not get into specifics?
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So, I guess I do agree ~to a certain extent~ with random famous person from ITG in the opening paragraph. I definitely don't think a person should overcleanse their face by washing it strenuously twice a day, which is why I keep my morning skincare routine fairly simple. I start off with the SW Basics of Brooklyn Cleanser, and apply it with a cotton round over my face. Then I splash my face with water (just like the skincare commercials on TV!), dry my face, and then apply the Kypris Clearing Serum over any problem areas. After that soaks in, I use my ol' faithful Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre and then I'm ready to do my makeup! Super simple and super quick to do, which is great when I wake up late and am rushing out the door.
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My evening skincare routine is a wee bit more involved and time-consuming, which is totes okay by me since this is how I unwind. I start off with applying the May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt to my face, and I let it sit on my face for a few minutes. I then wash it off, and apply the Kypris Clearing Serum over any problem area. Then I apply the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre all over my face, and then add the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment underneath my eyes. To finish everything off, I pat some Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil over my face to sort of "seal in" the products beforehand. It's a weird method, I know, but I'm convinced it works.

Also, once a week in lieu of applying The Clean Dirt to my face, I'll use the La Bella Figura Bio Active Purifying Mask and let it sit on my face as I watch Netflix for about 45 minutes or so. I also sometimes use this in the mornings as a spot treatment. It's pretty much magical. In fact, as I sit here typing this, I have it on my chin. It looks like I have a weird beard, but whatever it takes to get to clear skin!

And that's it! Pretty simple stuff, and I rarely change my routine because I don't like making it a habit to piss my skin off, ya know? So now that I've shared my skincare routine, what's yours?

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How To Shop on Instagram


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If you're as Instagram-addicted as I am, then you've probably noticed the surging popularity of Instagram boutiques. If you're not familiar, you are certainly not along! Because Instagram is such a visual medium of social media, a lot of people are turning to Instagram to sell old clothes and vintage finds and utilizing popular hashtags, such as #instaboutique and #shopmycloset. While you can't purchase items directly off of Instagram like you would on a traditional e-commerce site, typically vendors have you leave your e-mail on the photo of the item you want so they can send you a secure PayPal invoice.

So while that seems pretty straightforward, some people are still hesitant to buy things via Instagram. And I don't blame you! There are a lot of sketchballs on Instagram (I'm looking at you, follow for a follow accounts). And since launching my own Instagram shop with my friend Lauren, I figured I would write a lil' somethin' somethin' to give you the 4-1-1 on shopping on Instagram. And I'm even including some of my favorite Instagram shops! Now get your fingertips and smart phones ready... It's time to shop.

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  • Here is a great tip from Lauren: "Don't be afraid to ask for try-on photos or details about an item's condition, life it comes from a non-smoking home or not." Nothing like buying an item in mint condition, but having it reek of cigarette smoke. No thanks!
  • I've found that most Instashops are pretty trustworthy, but it is still important to be cautious. Read through the shop's policies and check out the quality of photos. Check out the people who comment on a shop's pictures. For me, it's important for a shop to have good quality photos. I don't want to see clothes in yellow lighting from the basement!
  • Don't be afraid of leaving your e-mail for a PayPal invoice. You don't need Paypal for a PayPal invoice, either. PayPal is truly the safest way to purchase an item from somewhere without giving them your credit card info. 
  • Once you have a list of a trusted shops, browse through the shops they're following to find more trustworthy shops. Instagram has a great online boutique community, and everyone is very supportive of each other. This is a great way to find new boutiques.
  • You can also search through popular hashtags, such as #instashop, #instaboutique, #instacloset, and #shopmycloset to find new items for purchase. 
  • Your gut feeling is typically always correct. If you're getting weird vibes from a boutique, DON'T DO IT. It's not worth it.
And, as promised, here are some of me & Lauren's favorite Instagram shops!
So now I gotta ask... would you buy something from Instagram? If you have, what have your experiences been like? Any Instagram boutiques you love? Do share in the comments!


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